Middle School Mini-School. One night during the second week of school in August, parents are invited to come to school and have short “classes” with their son’s teachers, following the son’s daily schedule. This is a parents only event.
5th and 7th Grade Father & Son Breakfasts. Once a year, an early morning breakfast planned by the Parents’ Association class representative is held in the Great Hall for each of these grades on separate dates.
Middle School Spirit Night. This event takes place during one of the early home Varsity football games in the fall. Middle Schoolers and their families pack the stands to lend support to the football team. The Parents’ Association class representatives plan pre-game outdoor picnics on the campus for most of the grades. It’s a family event.
Geography Bee and Spelling Bee. A competition that leads toward the National Geography and the National Spelling Bees. The student who wins each of these at St. Mark’s goes on to compete in city-wide, state-wide, and national competitions if he wins at those levels. A St. Mark’s middle school student won the national spelling bee in 2003.
Outdoor Program. Fifth grade students go to Sky Ranch the first week of school as a bonding/fun/get acquainted activity with the teachers. The campouts of the Outdoor Program begin in 6th grade and continue once a year for grades 6-8.
Blue and Gold Day. Students in all grades take part in a fun field day on campus.
Monotony Breakers. Three times a year the parents provide special treats to the students during the morning break time.
7th & 8th Grade Community Service. Along with Hockaday students in the same grade, Marksmen in 7th and 8th grade have a unique Community Service activity once a year on a Saturday.
8th Grade Community Service Committee. This committee sponsors a coat drive in the Winter and gets some experience toward the Community Service Program they will take part in during their Upper School years.
8th Grade Holiday Dance. Held at St. Mark’s. Girls from the 8th grade class at Hockaday are the invited guests.
Middle School Final Assembly. Assembly of the whole Middle School at the end of the year is also the graduation for the 8th graders. Major Middle School awards are given as well as various recognitions of many of the boys in grades 5-8.